I took a trip down memory lane this week: #Whoviansau (ABC2) did a shout out for Doctor Who art. I delved into my fanzine collection and found these covers I had done for Blacklight (Gallifrey Doctor Who Appreciation Society fanzine), circa 1994.
Breathing in all that dust was not a good idea. Hello sinus infection and bronchitis. Ugh. On a more positive note, I found a replacement dress dummy at Salvos (a fraction of the cost of a new one).
I am soldiering on with my writing (more on that in Sunday’s post). I have a deadline looming and I can’t disappoint you, Dear Reader.
This week I’ve been wrangling convoluted timelines… Thank goodness for whiteboards.
And here’s a sneak preview of one of the elements planned for the cover of The Illusionist & Other Tales: Journal #3.
A few weeks ago I had a fall and damaged my spectacles. Since then, my anxiety levels had been escalating; just contemplating returning to an optometrist was bringing on palpitations. (It had been three years since I had new specs and my vision had changed – due to avoidance. ) But I defied the Black Dog and collected my new pair yesterday. (Thank you to my Dearheart for providing emotional support.) Huzzah. I can read comfortabley (and breathe) again.
On a happier note: This was delivered this week. We’d found a discrepancy in a pack of pretzels (nothing horrendous, just some cooked dough that had bypassed the production line). Thank you Smiths for a lovely surprise.
This week’s opshop treasures include some Nerf guns and a ‘fart blaster’ – all destined for steampunking up for future costume projects – and a book on Early Settlers’ Household Lore, with hints and recipes from 19th century Australian sources (perfect to add to my research pile for an upcoming writing project.)
I have a new photo app now I have my phone back in one piece – so I’ve been tinkering.
And lastly, I’ve been making some new signs for future events.
Adding to the library: First my latest haul from the local library. They have a wall shelf of books they have de-listed – for only $1 each. Adding my collections of Nancy Drew, Buffy archives and a book of dicourses and articles on cyborg and cyberpunk (for the research library of course).
Shopping at the specials table at QBD: two more books for the research shelf. Incredible Elements has an updated periodic table (and history on the discovery of various elements).
Old and new: I have a lot of second hand reference books. I can’t afford a new book every time, so I search out good condition pre-loved ones (especially if they are out of print). The Dickens Dictionary of London has contemporary descriptions of many everyday places and people. Squee! And I collected the latest Writing Magazine this week from my standing order at the newsagent.
A bit of fun: Last weekend we dropped in on the ABC Garden expo and collected a new set of ‘support our ABC stickers’. Couldn’t resist this poster. Do it; Retaliate! Tell our government to return funding to our ABC. Also saw a unique aerial safety end in a local shopping centre carpark.
Videos: And lastly, spend a few days grappling with a new video editing program (it will be amazing when I learn how to use it) – cropping, pulling out the narration from garbled background noise and condensing video of our recent writers’ talk at Adelaide Oz Comic Con. Thanks to Matt J Pike for the title graphics.